July 28, 2022
Karissa Kajorinne is an example of how Algoma University doesn’t just send its many graduates out into the working world with jobs that were landed via various degrees of higher learning.…[read more]
July 24, 2022
A recent victory by the Sault Steelers over their arch rival Sudbury Spartans not only gave the locals a winning record for the 2022 regular season but a home game for the opening round of the playoffs, which get underway next month.…[read more]
July 4, 2022
Veteran Sault Ste. Marie member of provincial parliament Ross Romano has an important assignment within the government of Ontario Premier Doug Ford. And in going from being a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative majority at Queen’s Park to the party’s chief government whip, Romano relayed his feelings to Sault Business Matters.…[read more]
June 15, 2022
It opened less than nine months ago as an innovative, well planned, well thought out concept. Located at 117 Spring Street, between Albert and Queen in the heart of the Sault’s downtown, Forty-Five Social has become a fresh face as a new local business.…[read more]
June 3, 2022
Voters throughout Ontario, including Sault Ste. Marie, saw no reason to make change on the June 2 provincial election day.…[read more]
May 24, 2022
Some of what goes with being an extreme, intense sports fan is the unconditional loyalty to a favourite team. It is such loyalty that National Hockey League fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs can well attest to.…[read more]
March 22, 2022
It has been sitting empty for several years now as the restless hands of time have passed it by. But current owner Feroze Virani has taken over the iconic Windsor Hotel with construction underway that his firm says will turn the 10-storey downtown landmark into a retirement home. Let us hope that the opening is not far off.…[read more]
March 7, 2022
Soo Greyhounds president and governor Tim Lukenda talked about his favourite Ontario Hockey League team. And then he yakked about his new craft beer of choice.…[read more]
February 17, 2022
This is a tough one to write and report on. That is, a mere few days after celebrating his 62nd birthday, legendary Sault Ste. Marie and world class boxer Steve Nolan passed away suddenly from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.…[read more]
February 4, 2022
Sault Ste. Marie native Mathieu Gentès has been appointed as the interim chief executive officer for Athletics Canada.…[read more]
February 1, 2022
It was 40 years ago this month — February of 1982 — that I walked through the front door of 2 Towers Street, opened the first door on my right and headed up the stairs to a cozy loft that overlooked the busy composing room of the Sault This Week, which was then called Shopper News.…[read more]
January 24, 2022
A quiet, soft spoken legend on the local music scene, Bob Yeomans passed away suddenly on Saturday. The mystical Yeomans was a musical presence for six decades, performing with countless bands and talented musicians.…[read more]
January 13, 2022
Teaching is like any profession. There are good ones, pretty good ones, and bad ones. And it is the good ones who provide positive direction that lead to good instruction, good times — and even better memories.…[read more]
October 3, 2021
If you work, live, or frequent the Sault’s downtown, you just may have taken note of the modest growth that the area has experienced over recent times.
Forty-Five Social, which includes a men’s clothing store, barber shop, bar and cafe, along with Lucy Ro Clean Beauty, is just the latest local business enterprise to set up shop in the Sault’s downtown.…[read more]
September 26, 2021
It may rightfully be stated that Sault Ste. Marie came within less than 250 votes of potentially shooting itself in the foot at the recent federal election.
That is because Conservative challenger Sonny Spina came oh so close to unseating Liberal incumbent Terry Sheehan. And had Spina prevailed, the Sault would have been on the outside looking in given that Canada re-elected Justin Trudeau of the Liberals as Prime Minister for what is now a third term.…[read more]
September 7, 2021
Okay football fans, here we go. Are you ready for some nonsense?
A mind altering obsession with millions across North America including thousands in good, old Sault Ste. Marie, the National Football League begins the 2021 regular season this week.…[read more]
August 9, 2021
I love this town. I really do. When people trash the Sault, I invariably defend it to the hilt, even if the criticism is warranted.
Having said that, I do have a wish list for the betterment of the Sault.…[read more]
June 14, 2021
As Ontario partially reopened on June 11 under what the provincial government is calling the ‘first phase’, a number of licensed patio bars in the Sault’s downtown were happening places.…[read more]
June 12, 2021
A newly designed patio bar is coming to the downtown area of the Sault.
Northern Superior Brewing Co., which has property aplenty on lower Pim Street adjacent to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, plans on having its patio bar open next week.…[read more]
May 26, 2021
There is much anticipation relative to the phased reopening of Ontario’s food and beverage industry that includes outdoor patio bars.
And as many of us in the Sault are looking forward to the planned, long-anticipated opening of outdoor patio bar season beginning the week of June 13, the downtown area along Queen Street and beyond will feature a multitude of open air, licensed dining establishments.…[read more]
May 14, 2021
There is another Ellis now spinning the timeless, endless classic hit tunes on local radio station Eagle 95.1.
Lindsay Ellis recently took over the 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. time slot on the Eagle. Her shift follows the 6-10 a.m. ‘Rise and Shine Morning Show’ that is hosted by her husband, long-time local radio personality Tim Ellis, aka Timmy E.
The Ellis’s have been local owners and operators of Eagle 95.1 for just over two and a half years.…[read more]
April 1, 2021
To declare or observe that radio has undergone consequential compression since I started in the business in 1975 would rank as an overplayed understatement.
From being live 24 hours a day, seven days a week in what was the golden age of radio for stations that were locally owned and operated, the industry has now subjected many who work in it do so in an almost robotic fashion while under the thumb of corporate control.…[read more]
March 21, 2021
The walls at the venerable high school on Wellington Street in the Sault’s east end came tumbling down several years ago.
But the long gone walls and hallowed halls still speak their own language and Sir James Dunn Collegiate remains alive in the memory bank for many who attended the school at any point from its opening in 1957 to its close in 2010.
If you went to SJD and enjoyed any part of your experience there for any length of time, chances are good that high school will never be Dunn in your mind, memory or heart.…[read more]
January 26, 2021
As a defenseman of moderate skill, it was his work ethic and honest, hard-driven approach to the game that led John Glavota to a professional hockey career that included a decade on the international stage.
It is those same traits that have helped to make the 44-year old Glavota the top producing real estate agent in Sault Ste. Marie.…[read more]
January 22, 2021
It spins the classic music hits that are endless in time.
With an impressive music library that is without peer, Sault radio station Eagle 95.1 also reaches an on-line audience with a crisp, clear sound via http://eagleradio951.com.
And the Eagle also has more — besides music — to offer with day long weather updates and a local sports presence.…[read more]
January 13, 2021
I try to be positive as it relates to what I like, support and am a part of in any way.
For instance, I try to focus on and support what is positive relative to the Sault’s downtown and surrounding area and their many good features, including small business.
And when it comes to a favourite amateur sport, I always aim to promote and feature minor hockey and junior hockey in the north, along with the kids who play it and the coaches who mentor the players.…[read more]
January 8, 2021
It came as good news to hear — a mere month after being unceremoniously ousted by Country 104.3 after 30 plus years in the air chair — that good guy Jeff McNeice has a new gig on rival local radio station Country 105.5.
At any rate, the forced, short-lived exile of McNeice brought two things to mind. As in, what was Country 104.3 thinking when it moved on from McNeice and, the restless hands of time have yet to pass by a local radio nation of announcers.…[read more]
January 7, 2021
Okay, so maybe it isn’t the news we wanted to hear — that the January 23 southern Ontario lock down date relative to COVID-19 now applies to northern Ontario.…[read more]
December 20, 2020
Italian soccer has lost one of its biggest, best and most ardent supporters.
And our family has lost a real character and such a good person.
My uncle Joe DeSimone passed away the other day at the good, old age of 89.
A simple man and an Italian immigrant, he loved to cook for family and take care of all of us, albeit in a manner that was, um, gruff and grouchy at times.…[read more]
December 14, 2020
Joltin’ Joe Della Savia returned to the stage in a big way on the weekend and rocked it at Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown.
The current rendition of Angry Joe and the Growlers, featuring the always-entertaining Della Savia as lead singer, along with fellow guitarists Ron McLean and Marcel VanLandeghem and drummer Chuck Gassi, stole the show at Reggie’s with an array of well-performed classic hits from the 1960s and 1970s.…[read more]
December 13, 2020
There were a few teachers from my elementary school days, first at Holy Angel, then at St. Mark, who will always be ultimate favourites of mine.
And one of them, Mr. Larry McNally, happened to be my teacher at both Holy Angel and St. Mark.
He was also my softball coach at both schools.
I loved him as a teacher and a coach. And my fondness for him carried on when I became an adult and got to know him even more.…[read more]
December 7, 2020
What a boost this is for our fair city — especially a core area that is in growing stages of a much-needed comeback.
A venerable building in the Sault’s downtown has been turned into a multi-purpose store with the new Queenstown Drug Mart as the flagship of what can be termed a major new investment by local entrepreneur Joseph Greco and his partners.…[read more]
December 1, 2020
The cozy, comfy, intimate wine bar that is Broers Jansen is all decorated for the Christmas season.
A popular, people-friendly establishment, located in the Sault’s downtown , Broers Jansen is a local, family-owned-and-operated small business that defines inimitable.…[read more]
November 22, 2020
He defined kindness and generosity with a trademark, friendly smile and the warmest of hearts.
A much respected, benevolent gentleman who was well known and well liked, he shunned the limelight even though he was so active in the community as a businessman, volunteer and philanthropist.
He had a love for dogs and a soft heart for the less fortunate and he gave so much in so many ways and asked for nothing in return.…[read more]
November 16, 2020
The karaoke machine is returning to Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown.
Randy Lapossie, who along with his wife Kylie took over operation of Reggie’s Downtown on September 1 of this year, confirmed that karaoke will be a Thursday feature from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. beginning this week.…[read more]
October 21, 2020
October is a month of significance for me.
I was born in October of 1952 and will soon turn 68.
And in October of 1975 — 45 years ago — I began my media career as a $3 an hour, part time sportscaster at local radio station CKCY.
I was hired in a rather unusual manner. That is, CKCY news and sports director Paul Leonard gave me the job over several glasses of draught beer at the Algoma Hotel, which was located beside Memorial Gardens, across from the radio station, in the Sault’s downtown.…[read more]
October 13, 2020
Krista Nolan, who owns and operates Mane Street Cafe in the Sault’s downtown, has outlined plans for her neat, tidy and comfortable little eatery as fall heads towards winter.
Besides offering $5 pints of draught beer and $7 glasses of seven ounce wine, Nolan tells Sault Business Matters that she plans “to keep a storefront patio of some sort through most of the winter.”…[read more]
October 7, 2020
This has Sault Ste. Marie pride and stardom written all over it.
That is, Kingsville Brewing Company has confirmed a partnership with Canadian and world curling icons, the Team Jacobs rink from the Sault.
The other side of the Sault connection is 45-year old Marty Turco, who is a part owner of Kingsville Brewing and a former National Hockey League and Canadian Olympic standout goalie of many years who also backstopped the University of Michigan Wolverines to a pair of national championships.…[read more]
October 1, 2020
The resolve was evident in the number of people who took part as supporters and vendors.
To be sure, it was a nice local feeling as part of a (sort of) nice fall day in the Sault’s downtown.
That is, in partnership with the local Downtown Association, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum held what it called a Culture Days Fall Market.…[read more]
September 27, 2020
If there is a participation or experience that I miss at this time of year it is being a community volunteer as a basketball coach.…[read more]
September 22, 2020
It is an old bar with a new beginning.
Reggie’s Place Tavern recently re-opened in the Sault’s downtown under new management.
The husband and wife tandem of Randy Lapossie and Kylie Lapossie opened the doors to Reggie’s on September 1 as the new operators after the iconic downtown bar had been closed for most of the past three years.…[read more]
September 16, 2020
Sault Ste. Marie has recognized a long-time local politician by renaming City Hall as the Ronald A. Irwin Civic Centre.…[read more]
September 14, 2020
There is collective effort being made to sustain and maintain business.
Any good city needs a thriving downtown and the Sault is no exception.
Issues remain — issues that might be resolved with more police presence at night and more support from local government — but the Sault’s downtown has businesses new and old that are more than doing their part to keep the area going.…[read more]
September 3, 2020
High school football will not be played in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario this fall relative to COVID-19.
But it will be played throughout Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order that allows for the resumption of all fall high school sports across the Great Lakes state.…[read more]
August 31, 2020
Spruced up on the inside and outside but with the same iconic look, Reggie’s Place Tavern is set to re-open for business on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
With new operators Randy and Kylie Lapossie at the helm, Reggie’s Place Tavern — located just past March Street on Queen Street E. in the Sault’s downtown– has has been getting ready for its September 1 re-opening for the past month or so.
It will mark a new chapter for the local watering hole which had become a popular gathering place for folks of all ages and many walks of life for well over 25 years under previous operator Reggie Daigle.…[read more]
August 27, 2020
He had the warm, friendly smile. He gave the warm, friendly hello.
It did not matter where or when I saw him. It did not matter if it was morning, afternoon, or evening, on a given day of the week, month, or year.
What mattered is that Mark Desmoulin was a kind kid with a good heart and an infectious smile.
And what is heartbreaking and sad is that after years of struggling with drug addiction, Mark passed away recently at the young age of 37.…[read more]